With its “brutal, unnecessary war” in Ukraine, the US president claims Russia has “shamelessly broken the core tenets of the United Nations Charter.”
Joe Biden strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of the international body. He said that reports of abuses against civilians of Ukraine “should make you run cold”.
He said that President Vladimir Putin showed “reckless disregard” for the responsibilities of his country as a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
He added, “A nuclear war can’t be won and must not be fought.”
“We will stand with Russia against its aggression. Period.”
Biden claimed that no one had threatened Russia, despite claims to the contrary and that Russia was the only party who sought conflict.
He also criticised Russia for holding “sham referenda” this week on territory it has seized in Ukraine.
Putin had earlier ordered the “partial mobilization” of military reserve – an order that Russia’s defense minister claimed amounted to about 300,000.
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This means that people who have previous military experience can join the war, unless they are too sick or too old.
He mentioned claims that Ukraine had attacked the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which is Russian-occupied.
He told them that his country has “various weapons of destruction” and that certain components are more advanced than NATO.
He also approved referendums for four Ukrainian regions that were under Russian occupation.
Donetsk and Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia , announced Tuesday’s plans .
They will be held from 23 September to 27 September. The regions together make up 15% of the territory of Ukraine.